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UPDATE: Fatality From North Kona Crash Identified

August 8, 2012, 10:38 AM HST
* Updated August 8, 4:42 PM
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Big Island police today identified a 19-year-old Waikoloa man who died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a crash a week earlier as Wyland K.B. Damaso.

Damaso was driving a 2012 Ford sedan north on the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway on July 30 when he crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 2001 Isuzu.

He was taken to Kona Community Hospital and later transferred to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he died at 4:43 p.m.

The driver of the Isuzu, a 54-year-old Kailua-Kona man, was treated at Kona Community Hospital and released.

Both men were wearing seat belts in the incident reported at 10:43 a.m.

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It is not yet known whether speed, alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash that occurred 200 feet south of the intersection with Kaiminani Drive.

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The fatality was the 24th traffic death on the Big Island this year compared with 15 at this time in 2011.

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